Obituary of Christa Ingeburg Thelker
Christa Ingeburg Thelker passed away peacefully surrounded by family at McKenney Creek Hospice in Maple Ridge, B.C.
Christa was born in Osnabruck, Germany in 1951 and immigrated to Valemount, B.C. with her family in 1954. She loved mystery novels, crosswords, and starting her day with a morning coffee and muffin. She also loved watching Jeopardy and playing Yahtzee with her family.
Christa had a long and dedicated career with the Government of Canada, starting off in a phone centre in the early 1970s. She advanced through the ranks over the decades, eventually working as an outreach officer for Canada Pension Plan for Service Canada.
Christa beat long odds time and time again as she survived various cancers throughout the years. She appreciated all the loving support from her friends and family during those difficult times and during her most recent illness.
Christa medically retired amidst her health struggles in 2005. Much of her early retirement was spent working around the house and developing a garden. She also began volunteering with the Seniors’ Centre group CAMEO, where she made many wonderful friends and shared countless lovely moments.
Christa was a strong, smart woman who fiercely cherished her independence and took pride in caring for herself to the end. She will be dearly missed by many. We thank everyone at the Abbotsford Cancer Agency and McKenney Creek Hospice for the care and comfort they provided in her last weeks.
She is predeceased by her mother, Johanna Thelker; father, Helmut Thelker; brother, Uwe Thelker; former husband, Daniel Donnelly; and mother and father in law, Marie-Claire and Don McDonell. She is survived by her children, Sarah (Colin), Elisabeth (Abner), and Christian (Ashlee); granddaughter, Charlotte; brother, Brent Przybille; sisters in law, Kay Przybille (Brent), Christine Thelker (widow of Uwe), and Michelle Donnelly; nieces and nephews, Stephen, Tara, Loralie, Crystal, Natasha, and Brenden and their respective partners and children. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society.
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